Suzanne Bowen : Monetizing IP Communications
Suzanne Bowen
32 yrs in telecom, teaching, blog & grant writing, biz development, marketing, & PR. Favorite moments in life involve time w/ family & friends, networking, IP communications industry verticals & horizontals, running, traveling, foreign languages
| 1. "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition..." Barack Obama ..... 2. "One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain." By Thomas Sowell

Rich Tehrani Thoughts From California

I've been on the road in Vegas and California over the past ten days or so. Here are my thoughts. The Venetian...

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GENBAND Kandy Goes Public at Ruby Skye

Last night, GENBAND hosted a gala premiere at Ruby Skye in San Francisco for its official Kandy launch - the transitional solution...

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Peter's View: The Channel Ecosystem

I read CRAIG'S VIEW: THE NEW CHANNEL ECOSYSTEM by Craig Schlagbaum, channel chief at Comcast. My response was too long for...

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2 Ways to Maximize Your Vendor Relationship

As channel partners, we get hammered all the time to sell vendor's stuff - even if it is unreasonable or doesn't...

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The Changing Definition of the Diameter Signaling Controller and Diameter Routing Agent (DRA)

Next week, I will be speaking at the Signaling Focus Day of LTE Asia.  The signaling focus day obviously will have...

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The Cat Video Index: A Simple View of Data Costs

By: Andy Porter, Product Manager in the Payment, Policy and Charging department at Alcatel-Lucent

The Economist has its famous Big Mac index for comparing buying power across countries. But I wanted an index that focuses on the cost of mobile data usage. That meant I had to find a data-charging equivalent of the Big Mac. I needed an item that crosses cultural boundaries, is universally understood and is available worldwide.

I considered many possibilities. But the answer arrived when I saw my daughter laughing at a video of a cat playing a piano. Obviously, the mobile data equivalent of the Big Mac is the YouTube video. It’s a universally available service that is easily measured in quantitative terms, making it ideal for comparing mobile data costs.

In honor of my daughter, I chose the classic “piano-playing cat” as the baseline video. And by the way, this cat video has been viewed over 34 million times, proving its suitability as a baseline.

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THE SECRET VALUE OF VoLTE - WHAT'S IN IT FOR CONSUMERS

By: Ed Elkin, Director, IP Platforms Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent 

Today’s consumers want faster mobile broadband, and lots of it. That’s the dominant fact shaping Mobile Service Providers’ competitive strategies. So let’s look at what you can offer these valuable subscribers with voice over LTE (VoLTE).

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VoIP and Gaming Make New Friends, Nintendo DSi Next?

October 26, 2009

Remember when Xbox brought VoIP to the world of gamers in 2004? In fact, Ventrilo and Teamspeak. Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 have offered VoIP clients. The following was on the official Nintendo site for only a short period of time before being pulled:

Conference Participants Compete Vietnam Communications 2009

October 19, 2009

Arrived in Chicago last night for http://www.supercomm2009.com/didx and immediately realized my Nokia E71 is lost. But now it is found, and the savior will ship it to me today. I'm sitting in the lobby of our hotel which has free WIFI, breakfast, fitness center, and shuttle to CTA station. Browsing Twitter and Facebook, answering email, and noted a new BEST PRACTICE for conferences from KoreaTech.

Why are Early-stage and Start-up R&D Performing Firms Leaving Canada

October 15, 2009

H. Douglas Barber and Jeffrey Crelinsten completing white papers that examine Canada's innovation performance and culture. They surveyed 18 early-stage or start-up R&D firms in Canada. Ten were insolvent and the other 8 either merged or sold out with 5 of them profitably.

Apps Like Truphone Reduce Dependence on Transportation?

October 5, 2009

My Dad was an airplane mechanic in the U.S. Navy, and when he retired, switched to automobile mechanics. (Somewhere in between he took a break with theology.) We were talking about cars last week in the middle of me making him a guinea pig in testing different mobile voip applications and instant messenger applications with voice on laptop to laptop. This conversation which I meant to record was on Truphone.

Podcasts Let you Market on MP3 Players

October 2, 2009

Bending the Needle, Fresh AirVoIP Users Conference and Geekspeak galvanized me to start podcasting. What a choice! What a garden! What a candy store! Just download to your favorite MP3 player, go for a walk, be entertained and/or educated.

Spoiled on Working Every Other Where I Want

September 28, 2009

When one's employee or team (also in my opinion negatively known as staff or human resources) buys into its work and task area assignment, he, she or they can be trusted to work anywhere, any time and in any way. When the boss gives this type of work group access to making suggestions and changes, the company can soar financially. The enthusiasm and drive will be seen by other potential employees, customers, and suppliers. But what is needed to work anywhere, any time and in any way and how?

$24.99/month Vonage Offer Unlimited Calls to 60+ Countries Including India

September 21, 2009

No joke! $24.99 per month for Vonage's unlimited calling to 60+ countries with calls to cellular phones excluded, and yes, India and Mexico are included... next step would be to offer phone numbers from the same countries and more:
 

Andorra
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bahamas*
Bahrain
Belgium
Brazil
Brunei*
Bulgaria
Canada*
Chile
China*
Colombia
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Guadeloupe
Guam*
Hong Kong*
Hungary
Iceland
India*
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Jordan
Kenya Latvia
Luxembourg
Macedonia, Republic of
Macau*
Malaysia*
Malta
Mexico
Monaco
Netherlands
New Zealand
Norway
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Puerto Rico*
Romania
Russia
Saipan*
San Marino* Singapore*
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand*
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States*
U.S. Virgin Islands*
Venezuela
Zambia




























































































VoIP Driving Expectation of HD Voice Standard

September 21, 2009

The new business phone systems, the ones that sit in the clouds called hosted IP PBX and are accessible remotely via smart cellphone, netbook, laptop, desktop or other user-held equipment, are one of the biggest proponents and reason for the popularity and expectation of HD voice quality and wide band audio. In fact, HD voice quality on VoIP results in better than that of cellular or landline traditional service. It is an important factor that is driving TDM to IP migration today.

Which IP PBX companies offer phones that can be configured to use the (wideband) G.722 codec on internal calls? Telephone equipment from Avaya, Cisco, Grandstream, Gigaset, Polycom (the one who brands wideband audio "HD Voice" seen as synonymous with wide band audio), Snom, Aastra, AudioCodes (which brands wideband audio "HDVoIP") and others take advantage of G.722 codec (for wideband audio), as well as even higher-quality audio components.

In fact, many readers have been using wideband audio without realizing it when calling from Skype to Skype on your PC, although making a SkypeOut call to a regular phone number does not. You can tell the difference when I am using Skype to Skype or Skype to PSTN (or VoIP on other platforms with or without HD) on my DIDX podcasts.

Want to experiment with HD Voice yourself?





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